Lunch & Learn with SF Chronicle Health Reporter


Curious about what it takes to be a science and health writer? Get an insider’s perspective with San Francisco Chronicle health reporter Erin Allday on Jan. 26 from noon to 1 p.m. during a Lunch & Learn sponsored by Synapse: UCSF Student Voices. Lunch is provided. Spaces are limited so register now on Eventbrite at

Erin will discuss topics such as career highlights and challenges, how she became a science writer, tips for transitioning from academia to media, and advantages for writers who have a deep background in science.

Erin writes about infectious diseases, stem cells, neuroscience and consumer health topics like fitness and nutrition. Before joining The Chronicle, Erin worked at newspapers all over the Bay Area and covered a little of everything, including business and technology, city government, and education.

She was part of a reporting team that won a Polk Award for regional reporting in 2005, for a series of stories on outsourcing jobs from Santa Rosa to Penang, Malaysia.

Among her recent accomplishments was a journalism research project talking to long term HIV/AIDS survivors. The story can be viewed at The project also included a feature-length documentary, which is available online to subscribers.

Erin started her journalism career at the Daily Californian student newspaper and many years later still calls Berkeley her home.

Find Erin’s archived articles at